The Limping Man (December 11, 1953)
Released on December 11, 1953: (running time 1 hour and 6 minutes) Six years after World War Two, an American soldier returns to renew a friendship with a lady he met while stationed in London.
Produced by Donald Ginsberg
Directed by Cy Endfield
Written by Anthony Verney with screenplay by Ian Stuart Black and Reginald Long
The Actors: Lloyd Bridges (Frank Prior), Moira Lister (Pauline French, actress), Alan Wheatley (Scotland Yard Police Inspector Braddock), Leslie Phillips (Scotland Yard Police Detective Jim Cameron), Helene Cordet (Helene Castle, singer), Bruce Beeby (Kendall Brown), Andre Van Gyseghem (stage door keeper), Tom Gill (Tony, stage manager), Lionel Blair (the dancer on the piano), Robert Harbin (the magician), Charles Bottrill (the xylophonist), Rachel Roberts (barmaid at the Spread Eagle Pub), Verne Morgan (Henry Stone, taxi driver), Raymond Rollett (Jonas, Spread Eagle pub owner), Irissa Cooper (Pauline French's maid), Maxwell Gardner (airport official), Jon Evans (police scientist), Olive Lucius (television hostess), Marjorie Hume (the landlady), Jean Marsh (the landlady's daughter), Louise Cordet (young girl watching television), Max Boisot (young boy watching television)
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The Gangster, the British Actress, and the American G.I.
Before we talk about the murder in this movie, let me tell you about real murder. On October 16, 1946, seven years before this movie was filmed, Neville George Clevely Heath was executed in London by hanging. It was customary in England for the Governor to offer the convicted man a glass of whiskey before the noose was stretched around his neck, and Neville smiled his thanks and asked if it could be a double. Earlier that summer he had dated and murdered two brunette girls, and between those murders he dated another beautiful girl, the blonde leading lady in this motion picture, Moira Lister.
No one knows why he didn’t murder the young actress, but some believe that he preferred killing brunettes and Moira’s blonde hair might have saved her life. That is one of life’s mysteries that may never be solved.
Our adventure opens with American actor Lloyd Bridges, as Frank Prior, in an airplane heading to London to see an old girlfriend. Prior was a soldier serving in England during World War Two and he had a torrid love affair with Pauline French, played by Moira Lister. Pauline French was a sharp-shooting Sergeant for the Brits during the war and was a girl who loved excitement and danger. For Pauline French, nothing was too wild or too dangerous to try.
When Prior’s plane lands, we watch as a limping man gets out of a car at the edge of the airport and aims a rifle with a telescopic sight towards the line of passengers walking from the airplane to the terminal. The American turns and asks the man behind him if he has a light for his cigarette, and at that moment a shot rings out. The man that Prior asked for a light falls to the ground and is dead. The limping man with the rifle gets back into his car and drives away. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Andre Van Gyseghern
Irissa Cooper and Moira Lister
Jean Marsh, Marjorie Hume
Leslie Phillips, Alan Wheatley, Helene Cordet
Leslie Phillips, Alan Wheatley
Lloyd Bridges, Moira Lister
Moira Lister, Bruce Beeby
Moira Lister, Helene Cordet
Moira Lister, Leslie Phillips, Alan Wheatley
Moira Lister, Lloyd Bridges
Moira Lister, Raymond Rollett
Moira Lister, Bruce Beeby